Egypt, Pakistan agree to enhance agricultural ties

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ISLAMABAD: An Egyptian trade delegation, led by Ambassador Ahmed Fadel Yacoub, called on National Food Security & Research Minister Sahibzada Muhammad Mehboob Sultan on Thursday to discuss matters pertaining to investment in the agri-food sector.

The minister noted that Pakistan and Egypt shared common agricultural traditions, stressing the need for exchange of research & techniques between the two countries.

“Pakistan imports two-thirds of its required DAP from various countries; Egypt is welcome for any joint venture to establish a plant in Pakistan,” he suggested. “Pakistan can benefit from Egyptian research and development in various crops like cotton.”

Envoy Fadel Yacoub said Pakistan could consider the acknowledgement of scholarships from Egyptian agriculture universities.

He stressed the need for a visit of Pakistan’s agricultural specialists & scientists to the pioneer agriculture research centres of Egypt so that opportunities in the field of agriculture, particularly agriculture research, could be furthered.

Earlier, the Egyptian trade delegation, in a meeting with Prime Minister Imran Khan, expressed its desire to invest in various sectors of Pakistan, particularly agriculture. The delegation also lauded the steps taken by the government to ensure business facilitation in the country.

Commerce Advisor Abdul Razak Dawood, Special Assistants to Prime Minister Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan, Nadeem Babar, Syed Zulfiqar Abbas Bukhari and Board of Investment Chairman Zubair Gillani were also present during the meeting.

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